|ORGANIZATION:||National Bureau of Standards|
|PERSONS INVOLVED:||Thomas C. Bagg; Madeline M. (Berry) Henderson; Joseph Hilsenrath; David R. Lide; Alfred J. Lotka|
The National Bureau of Standards (NBS) used the SEAC in conjunction with the Patent Office for a joint systems development program called HAYSTAQ. The two agencies wanted HAYSTAQ to be able to search the contents of a technical document in any field.
Progress on the machine was slow and in 1961 a panel appointed by the commissioner of patents suggested that NBS should obtain funds to begin a R&D program in information storage and retrieval as well as establish a clearinghouse and coordinating center for information retrieval with the Patent Office. The R&D program, although limited by funds, undertook projects which improved searching techniques. The HAYSYAQ project increased and improved search strategies as well as performed various psychological and statistical studies.
|SOURCE:||Adkinson, B. W. (1978). Two Centuries of Federal Information. Dowsen, Hutchinson, & Ross, Inc.: Stroudsburg, PA.|
|INCLUDES:||Most postwar (WWII) records are still with the agency, or in storage in federal records centers; The National Archives has 8 cubic feet of records relating to NBS's National Applied Mathematics Laboratories, which contain a collection of correspondence, memoranda, reports, articles, technical information about the design and programming of a variety of machines, and other materials including SEAC, SWAC, Institute for Advanced Studies, ENIAC, EDVAC, BINAC, Raytheon, the ONR surveys of computers, IBM, ERA, and NAML; While none of these subjects are covered in depth, some of these items may not be available elsewhere; Records are kept in the Scientific, Economic, and Natural Resources Branch of the National Archives; [Note: Redmond C. Cochrane has written an in-house history of NBS titled Measure for Progress: A History of the NBS (Washington, DC: NBS, 1966)].|
|SOURCE:||Cortada, James W., Archives of Data-Processing History. Greenwood Press: New York, 1990, pp. 16-17.|
|PAPERS DATES:||1950 - 1979|
|INCLUDES:||Reports, 1950-1970 and technical notes, 1959-1979; See information on CBI's web page.|